I'm a teacher - 26 noisy 6 year olds - how do I stay sane????
Anyway, we were talking about the 'sh' sound on Thursday and they were coming up with words like ship, shop, sheep etc. One of the kids thought of 'shoot'. Now they write some words in their books with accompanying pictures but I don't let them draw guns. So we were talking about what else can shoot. Of course a bow and arrow was mentioned.
My next question to them was did they know anyone in books or movies who can shoot a bow and arrow. I readily admit it was a leading question and I was hoping for the appropriate answer :-).
1st answer - Robin Hood. "Good" says I but am looking for another example....hint hint.
2nd answer - a little boy had his hand up, DESPERATE to tell all. And sure enough, what does he shout out in triumph? "LEGOLAS!"
I let out a little cheer, saying he was the best archer of all. The little boy drew a picture of him in his book.
Oh and another kid ha da new pencil tin with the LOTR logo on it, with matching pencil and eraser. I 'borrowed' the eraser for 30 minutes until he asked for it back. I told him I wanted to keep it and his mum would have to buy him a new one but somehow he didn't take kindly to that suggestion. I do like to wind up my kids!
Hey guys! I was in a small mall and what should I see, but a tiny cafe called Gandalf's Pantry!
Gollum Came to My Office Today
Actually, she was a very nice lady, but she kept doing this strange thing
with her throat and usually two noises at a time, very much like "gollum,
gollum." I'm not sure if she even knows that she does it, but I immediately
thought of Gollum.
I am so tired tonight! Not sure why, I didn't really do anything today. Slept in, went to to Dentist and now my gum's hurt a bit! Went grocery shopping and made dinner. Today was the first full day off I have had in 3 months, if I had my choice I would have stay in my pj's all day. The dentist probably would have thought me a bit odd though.
My ME moment for the day was from my Dentist. He know's I'm a ringer and the first thing he said to me was..."Your movie won all 11 academy awards!" He was so excited, it was really cute. Then he asked me about Toronto and if I had a good time. It was funny cause I forgot I even told him about it. He then had to show my Tattoo to all his staff! It was really funny! He's such a good guy. I remember the first time we talked about LOTR he told me his son was a huge fan but that he didn't really get the movies. I asked him what he didn't understand, he said too many names, I can never keep them all straight! LOL Of course I then offered to have a little LOTR rings class to teach him, which he still hasn't taken me up on.
Today in my Social Studies class, we were watching this Canadian History movie type thing (really quite a bore), and anyway, a title for a part in the movie came on, and it said 'siege'. I turned to look at my friend right beside me, and at the same time we both whispered to each other, 'The Siege of Gondor'! It made us get into a fit of giggles.
Boriel’s ME Moment: Elvish Cloak
as i drove thru the city of new Westminster this afternoon on my way home, i
had to slow down for a traffic light, and looked to my right...i just got a
flash of a gray Elvish cloak in a store window.
i had to go around the block and take another look! (so I did)
i parked in a no loading zone (only for a moment) and got out and there in the window was the most beautiful thing i have ever seen! it was a full length cloak made from velvet with a subtle leaf pattern on it..the color was that shimmery greenish grayish silverish Elvish color.
i went into the store to look...it is a place called venus and mars and they cater to renaissance (spelling?) clothes...dresses with bodices, and mens shirts with lacing and long petal sleeves and velvet! the cloak was the only one of that color, but they had crimson (Arwen) red, and green, and a royal blue that reminded me of Gondor. The price? $125.00 Canadian (approx. 75? dollars American) They have a website, and I’ll post it, but the site is pitiful and only has a limited amount of pics on it - nothing even close to showing the beautiful stuff i saw in the store. she has only ever made 3 silver cloaks (hard to find the fabric apparently) and the last one is sitting in that window....only a 5 minute detour from my regular route too....hmmmm
Just came back from my school's first ever student film festival (which was
great btw) during one of the movies, the guy goes to grab a carton of milk at
the store, and just before he's assaulted by a bread loaf bearing ninja the
screen flashes the words "my precious" so it doesn't sound that surprising but
it was great, and i think everyone got the point.
We had two ME moments this past weekend, both related to music. One was that
at my daughter's middle school pops concert the band played a collage of music
from the Fellowship. When the announcer asked if there were any Ringers in the
audience, most of the people looked puzzled, the people around us even more so,
since we were clapping and nodding. The band did a very good job on it -
Meghan's only complaint was that since she was in orchestra, not band, she
didn't get to play it. However, she has her orchestra teacher looking for the
music for next year...
The second moment was when Meghan and I went to a cello concert. We were surprised and delighted to notice in the crowd a college-age girl wearing Arwen's pendant! The girl was quite pretty and had shoulder length black hair, so we decided that maybe it was Arwen, passing as human after all these years!
I was walking along the street in front of town hall today and can you guess
who I saw? Orlando Bloom in elf make-up! OK, so he was on a squashed coke bottle
but still...doesn't that count for something?! And in the market there is a ROTK
poster, mostly covered so all you can see is Viggo and Sir. Ian but Every time I
see it I think of my books, sitting home all alone in America. *sniffle,
OH! Want to hear about my Paris Hilton moment? (He He) No, I bet you don't.
Being TOTALLY bored a few nights ago, I was flipping channels in my cave when
I landed on -- of all things -- a documentary on the Discovery Channel about
political campaigns and how stupid candidates can be...the 'Dean Scream',
Dukakis riding in the tank, and so on. Then, one of the political analysts or
political historians or something like that came on the screen to 'explain' a
particular aspect of the discussion taking place. I can't remember the first
name or his exact profession...but his last name was OLIPHAUNT....
Well, if you had been watching, you probably wouldn't have remembered his first name or profession either!!!
I received an email from a friend who is going on an LDS mission, saying
goodbye. He said: I bid you all a fond farewell...GOODBYE! heh, wonder where he
got that from? ;)
Then in class today we were doing presentations and a group used Gollum's Song as background music for their power point. :D I recognized it from the first few notes (and listened to the song more than the report! :D).
Ok, my work is crazy but that's beside the point. They've decided to reconfigure how people line up and make it more like a bank. So, they had to remove what people currently move around. Now, there's nothing to stop people from flying right up to the desk. So my coworker asks, "We need to put something here so people don't cut across." I stand up and stand where the barrier used to be. I held my arms straight out from my side and said, "I could stand here and say 'YOU SHALL NOT PASS!'" A family was leaving at this point and a little girl of about 9 said, "Someone's seen that movie too many times," and she shook her head.
Avondster’s Bad ME Moment
Yesterday as I was shopping with the little ones, PippinsPrecious found on
the discount shelf of the CD store a 3cd leather booklet that had 'The Lord of
the Rings Trilogy Symphony' on it.
I thought that the Hand of Fate had made my little Soldier of Gondor stumble across the Enhanced CD that I have been frantically searching for ever since Varda showed me hers, but alas! it was just a bad copy of the three soundtracks, performed by a different orchestra for charity reasons. I was actually considering buying it, when I saw the following text in the booklet:
All songs were composed by Howard Shore, except for track no 12; "Into the West" composed by Annie Lennox, Howard Shore and Frank Walsh.
And guess what the charity was? Proliteracy.
I am still waiting for someone to shout 'April Fool!'
The other day my 6th grade students performed some skits they had created,
based on Greek myths. When I assigned the project, I told them that they could
put a modern twist on the familiar tale if they wanted to.
In the middle of one of the performances, the kid who was playing Pandora suddenly ducked behind a chair, then peeking around it and in perfect Gollum-style went into a schizophrenic monologue over whether or not she should open the box! I was laughing SO hard! When their play was over, they said to me, "We knew you'd like it".
My daughter's French teacher gave them the assignment of making a family tree, with a picture and a short descriptive paragraph for each person. It didn't have to be "real", so she used all LOTR characters, with pictures copied from my daily calendar. She's Pippin (her Hobbity alter-ego anyway), her Dad is Gimli (his favorite character) and since my usual favorite character is Sam, which wouldn't quite work, she chose Galadriel for me. I haven't heard yet what her French teacher made of it but we thought it was great!
There is a Super Target some distance from my house where I have discovered a fairly good selection of LOTR stuff. Now the ME part is that on the north side of the store there is a subdivision called "Hunters Crossing". When I saw that I immediately started to keep an eye out for Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli in case they should run past the front of my car while chasing after the Orcs that had taken Merry and Pippin.
We went bird watching this morning for my Appreciation of Nature class (at
college) and as we were driving there we saw some pigeons. The leader of our
group was reading aloud about them from the book and said such and such species
is "unique among pigeons" and for some reason I thought of 'jewel among
hobbits'; heh ;)
When we got there, we pulled into a place called the Lindon Marina. It was on the lakeside, and I couldn't help thinking of the Elven Lindon, especially because of all the water/sea birds!
Yep, I'm obsessed and weird... :D and proud of it!
Well, I got my #14 mag. on Thursday---yipee!--and you know how they have
those updates on the actors? Well, David Wenham was in there and it said he was
going to be in the new movie "Van Helsing" (sp?) and I'm thinking that's pretty
So here's where the ME moment comes in....
Yesterday I went to go see "Hellboy" with a couple of friends--it's an okay movie--and, of course, we got to sit through previews. well, the first one I had seen a million times--you know, the movie with Andy Serkis--yeah, Andy!--and that was great on its own. But then there is a preview for "Van Helsing" and--what do you know!--there's David! I was so happy! That just made my day. So I just had to share it!
my chemistry teacher was reading this e-mail he had gotten that had a list of things only southerners would understand. one of the things had something to do w/ "tater salad" and my chemistry teacher said, "its 'tater' salad, not 'po-ta-to'". he said it just like Samwise. ok, so it was one of those had-to-be-there moment, but it was still funny.
I was driving to work last night along the highway headed west right at twilight and into my head popped the thought that it was a beautiful Arwen like twilight. Dark, yet some light with brushstrokes of clouds that enhanced the horizon. As you know, Arwen is known as the Daughter of Twilight. It felt almost magical.
- Silivren Ithildin
In Psy. 180 we are studying "Personality" as every one knows there are always pictures. Well on of the pictures in this chapter is that of "Gandalf" Under the picture it said, "Jungian archetypes abound in art, literature, and film. Gandalf who embodies the archetype of magician or trickster". The picture is of Gandalf in Khazad-dum, when he hold up his staff and said more light. I just thought it was neat, But I wonder what Gandalf were said if someone told him that he was a trickster.
I took a tram tour at the Night Safari last Friday in Singapore. When the
tram reached places in complete darkness (around 10:15 PM), I immediately
thought of the hobbits fighting their way to Bree in the forest. I was sure
there were no Black Riders after me. :)
(Yet I don't know why the driver slow down or even stop in front of lions/tigers/hyena/rhino without barriers/glass to separate man and animals! That's scaring!)
Apparently there is a "Middle Earth Gaming Society" here in Nashville and
while I didn't know what that was exactly, Amy Sturgis met their leader a little
while ago and arranged for them and our group (the NasvilleSmial ..a yahoo
group) to meet up for a night of Tolkien.
First of all, Amy and I were the only ones of our group to show...ah, well...(AL, you were missed big time!) 4 people from their group came and they were a lot of fun! They meet the third Saturday of every month to role play Middle Earth (They have started in the year 1300 -- it's also more of an adapted Dungeons & Dragons mode using Middle Earth instead of the usual D&D characters.)
The night ended in a very odd way...standing around my car listening to "Into The West" so one of the guys could use it for inspiration for his RPG character. (Not all of the players are into Tolkien, they just like playing the game...the leader, however, is very well-versed in Tolkien - including the Silmarillion!) They spent some time also trying to get me to come join them next month...I don't know if I'll go, and if I do go, I'm not sure I'll join in, I may just want to observe. Ahhhh, it was an odd night. (Of course we did spend sometime looking at The One Book! They were impressed, so BRAVO to all the contributors!)
Oh, my ME moment: I got a little lost and drove past a business called Brandywine Travel...I took a picture!
Storytime's over and I'm heading to bed.